Sometimes, the greatest pains we feel in life bring us the greatest joy in the long run. Especially when it comes to heartbreak from a relationship.
In the moment, we are devastated. Someone you opened your entire world to crushed it with their actions or lack of care. We sit and sulk in our own misery because we don't know any other way to cope with what just happened.
But once you get past the point of sadness and you reach acceptance, you realize that you're better off without them. All the times they said that they loved you were just words. You now feel stronger than ever because you know you are ready for whats next.
It's time for you to have the confidence of The Mack.
"Return of the Mack"
March 18, 1996
If you've never heard this song, you're a rare one. This classic 90's super banger is an all-time great. The type of story that gets passed down from generation to generation. A story a love lost, and new beginnings.
And even if you've heard this song a million times, you still may not have realized that this song is about a deep hurt this man went through. The beat is so easy to dance to and get lost in, that the emotions that were meant to be conveyed somehow got lost.
But, don't worry, we're here to make you feel sad.
You lied to me
Man, this shit is messed up. How many times did she lie to him? How many times did he say he loved her? How many times did he cry? Must've been a lot for him to expose her to the world for being the shady backstabbing jerk that she is.
If you've ever experienced heartbreak, think about the first time. Did they hurt you so much so that you made a legendary song just to show the world how much they screwed you over? Unless your name is Mark Morrison, it's highly unlikely.
Men so often get pegged as the ones who screw up the relationships due to cheating and lying, but this song is more realistic. Men, don't let the mainstream media make you think that you're always the ones supposed to do something wrong! Women can't be trusted! They're all dogs!
Yeah, I bet the women didn't like to read that. Well guess what, that's what men have gone through for years. how does it feel? Not good, right? Be nice to the men on this planet, and hopefully eventually we'll have a world full of good men. Tell them they're good men! Speak that shit into existence. Quit knocking them down!
Sorry, we just had to give love to the fellas one time.
Give Morrison credit, that's a grown ass man telling the whole world that he cried. In an age where people were not yet ready to put their broken heart out there for the world to see, he was ahead of his time.
Well, I tried to tell you so (Yes, I did)
Alright, now that we got past the fact that this song was actually made from pain, let's dive into some happiness. Tupac once said that there was a rose that grew from concrete. And Mark Morrison sang the greatest comeback story of all-time. So who's really the GOAT?
Let's imagine this quote as if it's a dramatic scene from a telenovella.
Morrison sits in disbelief as he hears about the lies she has told. His eyes begin to red, and fill with years full of love. As he cries, the love begins to evaporate into the atmosphere.
All the time he has spent wasted on someone who treated his love as if it wasn't one of a kind can't be replaced. But then Morrison realizes something. He realizes this is a fresh start. A chance to find his true self in a world full of people who don't.
He wipes his face dry of all the love he's spilled. He looks at her and says, "Baby, now I've got the flow."
So, I'm back up in the game (Hustling snow)
As the kids say, this song is a Big Mood. A story of the resiliency of man. His comeback song, is the whole world's comeback song.
This song should be played at a high volume in your car on a 80 degree day with the windows down. And if you aren't screaming the words for the whole world to hear, then you're disrespecting The Mack. He made this song for anyone who needs to get back up on their high horse.
Speaking of high, I think that first line is about selling cocaine. Which is illegal, but hey if it brought The Mack back then we can't really be mad about it.
Just imagine he gets caught selling cocaine and Morrison just turns to the cop and is like, "Before you try to arrest me, let me sing you this song. Then you'll know why I'm doing this." Guaranteed he'd get off with no charges, except for bringing too much heat to the streets with this track.
One's man comeback story, is a billion listeners' treasure. So although that girl who broke his heart was cold blooded, it gave us a timeless track that will never not bang. So let's thank her, and the thousands of cold hearted women out there, for making a stronger generation of men who aren't afraid to share their feelings with the world.
"The Return of the Mack" is deep, and if you didn't know before, then you do now.
According to Lil Wayne, God is a man. Such an outdated viewpoint. Ok, so the Bible says that God was the one who impregnated the Virgin Mary, big deal. It doesn't say that God had a penis, just that God put a baby in Mary.
The New Testament refers to God as "Father," but also makes many maternal references to God. So when Lil Wayne says "God took His time when He made me," it sounds correct because that's what is implied when God is spoken of.
But our women are the ones who gives birth. Our women are the caretakers. Our women are the superior gender. God is a woman, and if you disagree you're probably a man. And if you don't even believe in God then just remember that you are your own God.
"Took His Time"
Tha Carter V
Momma said God took his time when he made me
After what seemed like an eternity, Lil Wayne was finally legally allowed to release his album Tha Carter V. It's been a long time coming for himself and his patient fans. And if his God had anything to do with this album, then patience was the key.
This song feels like it encapsulates everything that Wayne has gone through while awaiting his trail with Birdman to end. All the beef with Cash Money Records is over, and he's looking past it. Not just because he's over it, but because he feels a sense dominance after the dust settled.
In broad day like "let's play," lil' kids playin' jump rope
Damn, it really feels like Wayne is talking specifically about Birdman on this track. With their trial and beef out there for the whole world to see, Wayne winning the legal case that netted him well over $10 million was just the beginning. The battle was over, but Wayne just had to flaunt a little bit.
Wayne left Birdman's body out there for the whole world to see. People started to piece the puzzle together and realize that Birdman had been doing shady deals with young artists his entire career. Wayne refers to the other artists on Cash Money Records as "the unknowns." A little jab at their top artist, Young Thug.
I been feelin' like Galactus
Galactus is a super villain from Marvel Comics who has powers that are similar to those of a God. And similar to how Galactus has unlimited abilities and powers in his world, Wayne feels the same way with this track.
People may be wondering or asking to themselves if Wayne still had it. If after all these years between albums, he could still come with the bars we could always expect from him. If he still had the fire that drove him to be one of the most successful and decorated rappers of a generation.
His sound still transcends music nearly 20 years after his first album, and this track is a look into where his mind has been all these years. If you have been a Lil Wayne fan since the beginning, you can feel the power he displays on this song.
It not only lets you know where he's been, but it allows you remember what it feels like when he used to leave his heart and soul out on each and every verse and hook. If time has taught us anything about Lil Wayne, it's that he doesn't adhere to the same time frame that most do.
He has been up and down throughout the years, but by taking his time with "Took His Time" he allowed the world to not only hear his art, but feel it once again.
November 17, 2017
To be iconic is to be a person that is revered or idolized. Most icons are not idolized until after their death. Jaden Smith wasn't being so humble when he wrote "ICON." And that lack of humbleness is a big mood. It's probably a little bit cocky to call yourself an icon, but life is too short to not think highly of yourself.
It has been a long time coming for Jaden. He has been making music since about 2012, mostly stuff that wasn't too popular but was still heard by many of his followers. So what better way to get people to take his music seriously than to speak his work into existence.
This wasn't his first single off of his debut studio album, but it was the one that encapsulating his sound and his spirit moving forward. Let's break this song down.
I need you to listen to the vision (woo)
The first verse on this track intentionally comes before the chorus. For anyone who hasn't listened to Jaden before, this is his way of getting you to pay attention. Whether you haven't listened to him because of who his parents are, because he's a young kid, or because you have some preconceived notion of what he represents, this is your opportunity to listen to his vision.
A lot of music out right now, specifically rap music, consists of "dirty" lyrics and messages that aren't pushing the young generation forward. Jaden's goal is to cleanse your palette with his unique sound that is different from what you're used to hearing.
And while it is near impossible to be completely unique in your sound, it's all about the vision. He has that goal in mind that he wants to change the perception of himself and the music itself.
I am not a Mayan, I'm a menace (menace)
The Mayan's had infinite knowledge and were to believed to have known much of the future based on their calendars. Jaden isn't trying to act like he knows what's next, instead he is acting as a menace in the industry by attempting to break down the walls of what is supposed to be known.
He doesn't want to waste his time by trying to diss other artists currently in the game, he'd rather sit back and do his thing. The message being displayed in this part of his second verse is one of self-reflection. Living in his moment, he is able to realize that he can put prove the "professors" wrong who may have told him his vision wasn't clear enough or even attainable.
As an actor, writer, thought-provoker, fashion symbol, and musician, he is beginning to realize that he is someone that people look too as iconic.
I'm going straight to the top with the crew
The vision and goals are big. There is no point to limit himself to whatever others believe he is capable of. Yet, he knows that he should not rush anything.
There is a slight fear of what is on the other side of his goals. He believes that if he achieves all that he perceives is to be achieved, then there will be nothing else to accomplish. This is a real fear of many of us. The grass seems greener on the other side, but what happens once you're there?
If you accomplish everything too soon, there may be a sense of contentment. Jaden wants to take it step by step and enjoy the process, so that when his goals are finally reached he can sit back and reflect on everything he's earned.
Put a hundred thousand in a bible (Bible!)
With some closing words to his verse, he is betting on himself. Many people will say "bible" when they are stating that they are serious about something.
Now listen, there isn't a single artist in the rap game right now who doesn't owe something to Kid Cudi. He is the originator of most of the sounds that all of these artists are trying to create. A lot of rap guys want to be rockstars and be unique, and it all stems from the music Cudi has been creating for years.
Jaden's nod to Cudi is just one of the many that artists have been giving to him over the years. And as long as Jaden is willing to follow in Cudi's footsteps, the more likely he is to continue to create influential music.
He ends the song with the simple repetitive hook of "I am just an ICON livin'." This message is stated many times to pose as a reminder to himself and the listener exactly who he sees himself as in this moment.
The future looks bright for Jaden. And while he may never be able to live up to the name of his father, his influence on his generation will be iconic.